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Usability in Transportation ... User Experience Magazine 7.4

(Bloomingdale, IL: November 11, 2008) – With 75 million people being added to the Earth’s population each year, the challenges of providing efficient, effective, and environmentally sustainable methods of transportation are burgeoning. The latest issue of User Experience magazine, the industry magazine of the Usability Professionals’ Association, looks at how human factors engineering and effective usability are making it possible for people to get around faster, more safely, and with less stress.

This issue of User Experience reflects the theme for this year’s World Usability Day, "Usability in Transportation," which will take place on November 13, 2008.

Articles in this edition discuss issues such as:

  • Work by the Atlantic City Federal Aviation Administration’s human factors team, which has found ways to allow air traffic controllers to safely reduce the minimum distance between aircraft, thus helping handle increasing air traffic.
  • Whether voice-recognition technology in cars can combat the increasing cognitive strain being put on drivers by devices such as GPS systems.
  • How our traditional north-up orientation of maps and radar systems on ships may cause navigational crew to become disoriented.
  • Hong Kong’s Octopus Card, which was originally designed as a fast way to pay transit fares, has expanded to become ubiquitous. It is now used as a payment device for so many other types of products and services, such as groceries and clothes, that Hong Kong residents find it hard to get by without it.

Read more about these and other articles at:


For more information on World Usability Day see: http://www.worldusabilityday.org/

For printed copies of the magazine or for PDFs of individual articles, please contact Nicole Tafoya, publications@usabilityprofessionals.org.

The Usability Professionals' Association is an international, non-profit, professional association with more than 2000 members in the US and 35 other countries. Members are specialists in evaluating and designing products that are easy to learn and use. The organization provides its members with a wide variety of professional services. Through outreach the UPA:

  • Shares information about the skills and approach of usability professionals in meeting needs for usable products.
  • Acts as an advocate for usability in consumer, corporate and governmental software, products and web sites.
  • Educates the general public about the usability.

For more information, contact:

The Usability Professionals' Association
140 N. Bloomingdale Rd.
Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1017
email: office@upassoc.org
web: http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org

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